Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Ex-Factor [Review: My Super Ex-Girlfriend]

Superheroes really do get a raw deal. G-Girl here (Uma Thurman) has been written as one of those misogenistic fantasy characters, the neurotic-obsessive-clingy woman, but half-way through the film I found myself rooting for her rather than her boyfriend Matt (Luke Wilson) the supposed hero/victim of the piece, who is only interested in bragging to his best friend about his sexual exploits. The extremely funny scene in the restaurant where G-Girl knows that, if she leaves her table to save the world from a meteorite threat, this will leave Matt free to flirt with his co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris) pretty much sums it up - and she has a point, why can't they just leave it to the military for once?

I would have to say this is not a film that stands out as any kind of classic, although it's original and quite funny. It's always good to see superheroes using their powers for something more inventive than just the common good of all mankind: for example the third act, when G-Girl finally gets round to taking imaginative revenge on Matt for dumping her, is a lot of fun. Actually I think she is relatively restrained given how badly she's been treated.


Dyeve said...

The revenge is not good even when you're a woman like Uma ( love this chick..) who can fly, lift a car with one hand or make a pierce through steel.

Maurice Mitchell said...

LOL I've been tempted to watch this movie a bunch of times, but my brother warned me not to bother. It's always weird when you find yourself rooting for the villain. That's happened to me a bunch of times.

Sci-Fi Gene said...

Too often the villains totally steal the show, they get the most interesting backstories and the best lines. "I didn't spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called 'mister,' thank you very much..."

Also certain kinds of villains are portrayed through romantic rose-tinted specs, particularly old-school vampires and contract killers.

Sci-Fi Gene said...

Dyeve - personally I agree: revenge is a dish best returned to the kitchen with a complaint to the chef and a request for an omelette to take it's place. However in this case it's totally justified. You go G-Girl!